Environmental Health Manager Mason Allen, Lord Fairfax Health District
ANIMAL RABIES CASE CONFIRMED IN FREDERICK COUNTY
Health officials have confirmed the presence of rabies
in the Mountain Falls Park Subdivision in Frederick County
(Frederick County/Winchester, Va.) —The Frederick/Winchester Health Department has confirmed rabies in a black and white stray cat that has bitten two residents in the Mountain Falls Park Subdivision (Wild Acres) near Mt. Falls Boulevard and Cougar Trail in Frederick County.
On September 14, 2017 a black and white stray cat bit two residents in Mountain Falls Park Subdivision. The cat tested positive for rabies.
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. It is preventable in animals through vaccinations, but is fatal to both animals and humans if left untreated. Exposure to rabies is considered any time there is a bite or scratch, or other circumstance where saliva or central nervous system tissue from a rabid or potentially rabid animal enters an open, fresh wound or comes in contact with a mucous membrane by entering the eye, mouth, or nose.
Any exposed/potentially exposed individuals should seek medical advice immediately to evaluate whether rabies prevention medication is needed. The Lord Fairfax Health District would like to speak with any residents who believe that they, their family, or their pets may have come into contact with this cat from the dates of Sept. 5, 2017 through Sept. 14, 2017. Please call 540-722-3480. In addition, if any residents within the area noticed any of their animals return home with wounds from unknown injury, they are urged to consult with their veterinarian.
“Incidents like this reinforce the need for all dogs, cats, and ferrets to be current in their vaccinations against the rabies virus,” advises Lord Fairfax Health District Manager, Mason Allen. “State law requires all dogs and cats over the age of four months to be vaccinated against rabies.”
The Health Department strongly advises that people take the following steps to prevent families and pets from being exposed to rabies:
Vaccinate all cats, dogs and ferrets against rabies and keep them up to date!
Avoid contact with wild animals or stray cats and dogs.
Do not feed wild animals or stray cats and dogs.
Report stray animals to your local animal control agency.
Eliminate outdoor food sources around the home.
Keep pets confined to your property or walk them on a leash.
For more information, contact the Lord Fairfax Health District’s Frederick/Winchester Health Department at 540-722-3480.